Make a delicious batch of Slow Cooker Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs, use these as a main dish or as an appetizer!
These Slow Cooker Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs are simply the best Swedish meatballs and are easy to make with NO flour, instead, we will use cornstarch to thicken the creamy gravy sauce.
What is the difference between this Swedish Meatball Recipe and others?
Swedish Meatballs typically include different spices and seasonings in the meatballs as opposed to traditional Italian meatballs.
For this recipe, we will be using ground allspice and ground nutmeg to season the meat for the meatballs.
What do you need to make this recipe gluten-free?
Only a few swaps will be needed to make this recipe gluten-free this includes gluten-free bread crumbs and then instead of gluten-free flour, we will be using cornstarch.
Cornstarch is naturally gluten-free; however, it is always best to check all ingredients before using.
Worcestershire Sauce will also be needed and this is a controversial ingredient because it should be naturally gluten-free; however, some companies have cross-contaminated it. We use Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce for this recipe.
As mentioned above, be sure to check all ingredients to be sure that yours are all in fact gluten-free before proceeding with the recipe.
Tips for Making Slow Cooker Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs:
The meatball ingredients will be combined in a large bowl and shaped with a cookie scoop.
Once the meatball mixture is shaped to form the meatballs, they can be placed into the slow cooker or Crockpot.
After placing them in the slow cooker, add a cup of beef broth, cover, and cook these on HIGH for 4 hours.
If you prefer to cook them on LOW, they can be cooked for 5-6 hours; however, the timing may vary. The internal temperature of the meatballs must be at least 165°F when checked with a meat thermometer.
The Swedish meatball sauce ingredients will be combined in a small saucepan on medium heat and cooked about 30 minutes prior to the meatballs being ready to serve.
The creamy sauce is made with simple ingredients and will be poured right on top of the meatballs for 10 minutes prior to serving the meatballs.
Can you use frozen meatballs?
Frozen Meatballs could be used in place of Homemade Meatballs; however, the frozen meatballs will alter the flavor and taste of this recipe because they do not have the same ingredients as these Swedish Meatballs do.
They typically will not have any allspice or nutmeg added.
Not only will they alter the taste, but they are also already cooked, so the cooking times will also need to be adjusted.
On top of these reasons, many frozen meatballs are not gluten-free, so be sure that if you do use frozen that you use gluten-free meatballs if needed.
This means that while you can use frozen meatballs, I would not suggest them in this recipe as written.
What ground meat can you use for this recipe?
Ground meat choices do affect the final texture and taste of the meatballs.
Ground Meats to use for Meatballs:
- Ground Beef
- Ground Chuck
Ground Beef or Ground Chuck needs to be used for this recipe with 80-85% lean meat versus fat content. This will yield the best results and not cause the meatballs to burn.
If you use leaner meat, the meatballs will cook quicker and burn easily, so be sure to watch the cooking time closely if you end up going with a leaner protein option.
Variations of Swedish Meatballs:
Swedish Meatballs can be served in a variety of different ways with different spices and seasonings.
- Spicy – Add Cayenne Pepper and Red Pepper Flakes to the Meatballs.
- Kid-Friendly – Add Bacon and Cheese to the Metaablls.
- Savory – Add finely chopped onions and freshly grated Parmigiano to the meatballs.
How long can you store Gluten-Free Swedish Meatballs?
Once the meatballs are cooked, they can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
When ready to serve, reheat the meatballs in a microwave-safe dish for 3-4 minutes or place them in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes.
It’s time to enjoy this easy meal that can be made with your slow cooker using very simple ingredients!
Enjoy these Slow Cooker Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs!
Slow Cooker Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs
- 1 Lb Ground Beef or Ground Chuck (80-85%)
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Allspice
- 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 1 Egg
- 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 2 1/2 Cups Beef Broth, Divided
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp Hot Water
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the ingredients for the meatballs until well combined.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop ( 1 1/2 Tbsp) and scoop the meat and make a ball.
- Place the meatballs directly into the slow cooker.
- Pour 1 cup of beef broth over the meatballs.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
- Fifteen minutes before the cooking time ends, make the sauce.
- In a small saucepan, add the butter and 1 1/2 cups beef broth. Bring to a boil.
- In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water.
- Once the broth is boiling, add the cornstarch mixture to the broth while whisking. This will thicken up the sauce.
- Add the heavy cream and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
- At the 4 hour mark, pour the sauce into the slow cooker and cook for 10 minutes.